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Questions for the Speaker

Here’s a letter that I just sent to the New York Times:

Reacting to Republican Scott Brown’s election to the U.S. Senate seat once held by Massachusetts’s Ted Kennedy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that “Massachusetts has health care… The rest of the country would like to have that too.  So we don’t say a state that already has health care should determine whether the rest of the country should” (“Gut-Check for Obama and Dems on Health Care,” Jan. 20).

Questions for Ms. Pelosi.  If the citizens of Massachusetts are able, without any further legislation from Congress, to foist on themselves the kind of government-directed health-care that Ms. Pelosi alleges the rest of the country desires, what’s stopping people across America from doing in each of their states what the people of Massachusetts have already done in that state?  Why does Congress have to act at all?

Donald J. Boudreaux